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Tips on Shopping For Bridal Dresses

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Before you go shopping for bridal dresses here are a few things you should know that will save you time, money and heartache and make shopping for your wedding dress a wonderful experience.

You've been fantasizing about your bridal attire from the moment he popped the question - or since you were a little girl - but the chances are you probably haven't considered the process of actually finding your dream wedding gown.

If you have a clear idea of what you want, or don't know where to start, here are some tips to help ensure you get the most out of your search for perfect bridal dresses.

~ Pour over wedding magazines or the Internet for inspiration and ideas on styles, trends and prices

~ Set a budget and stick to it.

~ Decide on a venue, and bring along shoes with a heel height you may be wearing.

~ Allow ample time for fittings and always make an appointment. Remember to bring the shoes and bra that you'll be wearing with your bridal dress.

~ Allow plenty of time to find and order your dress. It may take you a while to find one and most bridal dresses have to be ordered three or four months in advance. In addition - alteration may take up to a month.

~ Keep an open mind and try on as many styles as you can. Some dresses look better on a body than on a hanger. Listen to the sales girls, they have seen lots of bridal dresses on lots of body types.

~ Be certain to check out the view from behind. Your wedding guests will have an uninterrupted look at your back and you want to look good.

~ Be practical - a huge skirt or an extremely long one will be hard to maneuver in a tiny church or on the dance floor.

~ Consider the season and location of your wedding - whether it will be indoors or out. Spring or summer ceremonies call for cool silk, chiffon, pure cotton or lace. Late autumn and winter weddings demand warmer, heavier fabrics such as brocade, velvet and satin.

~ Always take one or two other people with you when shopping for your bridal dress, so that you know what the dress looks like from every angle.

~ Try on a variety of veils with the dress to get an idea of the complete look - a short veil may turn a dress from ordinary to extraordinary, while a long veil might not work at all.

~ Think about your shoes and any other accessories you may need to set off your bridal dress and add that finishing touch. Are they in your budget, too?

~ Remember to relax and have fun! You don't have to do it all in just one day.

~ When your bridal dress is complete, it will be pressed and packed neatly. When you get it home, take it out and hang it in a protected spot until the big day!

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